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Part of the test for Gates this year will be a stubborn foot condition, plantar fasciitis, that cost him six games last year and troubled him during other games.
Gates said he won’t know whether the foot is 100 percent until he runs and jumps at full speed, and that pain management will be crucial in the months ahead. He was an observer during the morning walkthrough practice Thursday.
“People think it’s an injury, but it’s a pain tolerance,” Gates said. “One day you might feel like you can run around and jump around. Next day, it’s sore.”
“It put a damper on a lot of things,” he said. “Our training staff is phenomenal. People say, ‘Oh, he had the time off (his foot),’ but when you’re not in with the training staff that normally understands you and knows what it takes, it’s difficult.
“I had to deal with guys that really didn’t know me, didn’t know what I was about, had to go and do their research, so it was difficult.
“You take the bitter with the sweet,” Gates said. “You understand what’s at stake with the league, but you’ve still got to do the things that keep you as healthy as possible.”
Another way of describing the wedding, Gates said, was that it was a retirement ceremony.
“All of my other jerseys are retired,” he said. “My high school and college jerseys are retired, so I just put up my other jersey. My bachelor’s jersey is up high; it’s up with all of my high school and college jerseys.
“It was strange. My whole career, I always said I would be the type of guy that would probably wait until I’m done playing (to get married),” Gates said. But, he said, “There comes a time when you make a new chapter in your life.”
Now that he is married, he sees similarities to football.
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